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Publication Date: March 29, 2008
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Caribbean Council

Newsletter

29 March 2008

Issue 62


S Over 200 guests confirmed to attend the House of
Lords Reception Cholmondeley Room & Terrace,
18.30 20.30, 2 April 2008
Over 200 MP's, Peers, members of the Caribbean diplomatic corps,
corporate members and their guests will attend the 2008 Caribbean
Council, CBBC, Cuba Initiative reception.

Douglas Alexander MP, Secretary of State for Development will speak at
18.45 and will be followed by Dr Floella Benjamin, Chancellor of the
University of Exeter, and well known television personality. Lord Foulkes (pictured) will
introduce both speakers in his role as reception host.

The reception which is now at capacity is only open to those having an official entry card.
This is required to pass through security. All such cards have now been posted out and
anyone who has not received theirs should contact Eileen Molloy Eileen.mollov(caribbean-
council.orq.

Besides the excellent rum punch, the music provided by the Nite Blue Trio, and the
excitement of the free prize draw, there will also be a display of old maps of the Caribbean.

The prizes at this year's reception include a holiday for two to the Caribbean courtesy of
Virgin Atlantic and Sandals Resorts, dinner for two at Floridita, and a one year subscription
to Cuba Briefing.

The Business Partners for the Reception are: De La Rue; Kier Group; Rex Resorts; and
Geest Lines. Entertainment has kindly been sponsored by Cable and Wireless. Supporting
Sponsors are: Nectar Group; Cambridge University Press; and Booker Tate. The top prize
holiday has kindly been provided by Virgin Atlantic and Sandals resorts, and Rum cocktails
have been supported by the West Indies Rum and Spirits Producers Association (WIRSPA).

For more information about the reception please contact Stephanie Whittle
Stephanie. whittle@caribbean-council. org

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Events Diary
02 April 2008
Caribbean Council Parliamentary
Reception, House of Lords, London
24 April 2008
Book Launch: An evening with
Leonardo Padura 6.30pm,
International Institute for the Study of
Cuba, London Metropolitan University
April 25-27, 2008
Jamaica Product Exchange
JAPEX 2008
Hilton Kingston Hotel, Jamaica

April 28-May 1, 2008
10th Annual Caribbean Tourism
Conference on Sustainable Tourism
Development
STC-10
Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort & Spa
May 06-08, 2008
Caribbean Hotel Tourism Investment
Conference, Trinidad
8th May 2008
Tourism in Developing Countries
British Expertise Offices, London
June 21-25, 2008
Annual Caribbean Tourism Summit,
Washington DC
June 28-29, 2008
Carnival de Cuba, Southwark Park,
London
25-28 November 2008
15th International Conference on
European Studies, Havana, Cuba
For information on any of the above
events contact admin@caribbean-
council.org
This newsletter is sponsored by:


atlantic

In 2008, Virgin Atlantic celebrates 10
years of flying to the Caribbean. In this
time it has become the largest scheduled
airline between Europe and the
Caribbean, carrying 735,000 passengers
on its ten Caribbean routes last year.
Virgin Atlantic's initial services to
Barbados, St Lucia and Antigua have
been supplemented by Grenada, Tobago,
Havana, Montego Bay and Kingston
flights from London Gatwick, and by
Barbados and St Lucia flights from
Manchester.
For more details and to make bookings,
please visit www.virgin-atlantic.com.


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- CBBC and British Expertise Event: Future Trends in
the Caribbean Tourism Industry

At an event jointly held by the CBBC and British Expertise, the Caribbean Hotel Association's President Peter Odle,
and its Director General, Alec Sanguinetti briefed UK business representatives about future trends in the Caribbean
tourism industry. They underlined the significance of the recent decision by CARICOM Heads of Government to
include tourism on the agenda of all future meetings indicating that it signalled a sea-change in the way in which
Caribbean Government's saw tourism and that now, as the single largest contributor to regional GDP, the issues
facing the industry would now be considered at the appropriate level in CARICOM.

They expressed concern about slower growth in tourist arrivals to the Caribbean compared to other parts of the world stating that
the figures for 2007 show growth at 2% compared to worldwide growth in the industry of 7%. This pointed, they suggested, to
the need for a concerted and united effort to market the Caribbean in key markets as a regional destination. They pointed to the
need for the Caribbean to respond to new competitive challenges by: upgrading its existing infrastructure; changing the regional
perception of the tourism in order to attract the brightest graduates into the industry; and improving productivity levels generally
in the workforce.

Julia Hendry, Director of Marketing UK and Europe at the Caribbean Tourism Organisation, outlined the new challenges facing the
Caribbean tourism industry, including consolidation among the major EU tour operators, the explosion of internet booking and
travel sites, and fast growing new global competitors such as Dubai. The event was chaired by Jonathan Langston, Managing
Director, TRI Hospitality Consulting.

A copy of Julia Hendry's presentation is available on request to CBBC members from Eileen Molloy Eileen.mollov(caribbean-
council.orq


Lifetime Achievement Award Presented Posthumously to William "Bill" Bissell

The life and career of William Bissell, the late Chairman of OBM International, will be celebrated posthumously at this year's
Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference (CHTIC) May 6-8 at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad. Bill Bissell was the driving
force behind development of OBM International, and a mentor to many in the Caribbean hospitality industry. In addition to his
leadership role in the architecture, design and development community, Bill contributed much of his time to industry organizations
such as CHA, Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (CAST), Urban Land Institute, and many others. The Lifetime
Achievement Award will be presented to Mrs. William Bissell by CHA President Peter Odle and Director General and CEO Alec
Sanguinetti at 1pm on May 7, 2008. For more details or to register for this important event, please visit
www.caribbeanhotelassociation.com

Tourism in Developing Countries
3.30 p.m., Thursday 8 May, British Expertise Offices, London

With many aid and development agencies now realising the importance of the tourism sector for economic
growth in developing countries, Jonathan Mitchell of the Overseas Development Institute and Sue Hurdle of The
Travel Foundation will speak about the impact of tourism in developing countries.

Jonathan leads the work at the ODI on pro-poor tourism, while Sue, in her capacity as CEO of the Travel
Foundation, helps the UK outbound travel industry to manage tourism in a more sustainable way. Sue has just
returned from Tobago, which is implementing a number of Travel Foundation sponsored initiatives including
? '.L "adopt a farmer" whereby hotels are encouraged to partner with farmers to supply locally sourced food.

All CBBC, Anglo Dominican Trade Council and Cuba Initiative Members may attend this event free of charge, making a saving of
88.00. For more information please contact Eileen Philips elo&britishexpertise.ora

Tourism in Developing Countries
3.30 p.m., Thursday 8 May, British Expertise Offices, London
With many aid and development agencies now realising the importance of the tourism sector for economic growth in developing
countries, Jonathan Mitchell of the Overseas development and Sue Hurdle of The Travel foundation will speak about the impact of
tourism in developing countries.

Jonathan leads the work at the ODI on pro-poor tourism, while Sue, in her capacity as CEO of the Travel Foundation, helps the UK
outbound travel industry to manage tourism in a more sustainable way. Sue has just returned from Tobago, which is
implementing a number of Travel Foundation sponsored initiatives including "adopt a farmer" whereby hotels are encouraged to
partner with farmers to supply locally sourced food.

All CBBC, Anglo Dominican Trade Council and Cuba Initiative Members may attend this event free of charge, making a saving of
88.00. For more information please contact Eileen Philips elo@britishexpertise.ora

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Appeal for unwanted digital cameras for Dominica
During 2008, the Nature Island Foundation is supporting the development of a project in the Commonwealth
of Dominica to teach basic still photography skills to schoolchildren and members of the community.

During these courses the aim is to show participants how to see their lives and the nature around them from a
different perspective and to encourage some of them to develop a long term interest in photography and
extend their skills further, with a view to considering a career in the creative industries.

Working with the State College in Dominica, the Nature Island Foundation's aim is to spend the next nine
months providing courses in primary and secondary schools and in towns and villages across the island, so that later in November
they can hold a National Click Day on which everyone will have the opportunity to take a photograph which will show a view of
their life on the island. The photographs will be put onto a website which will illustrate "One Day in the Life of Dominica".

Unfortunately very few schools in Dominica have digital cameras and the Foundation is therefore making an appeal for unwanted
digital cameras so that it can provide at least one digital camera to each school and each village.

Anyone who would like more information or to donate a camera should contact Brian Norris, President, Nature Island Foundation,
bnorris@btopenworld.com (www.natureislandfoundation.orq)

Book Launch: An evening with Leonardo Padura
6.30pm, Thursday 24 April, 2008
International Institute for the Study of Cuba, London Metropolitan
University, London

Leonardo Padura is Cuba's most internationally acclaimed author and creator of one of the islands best-
loved fictional characters, police detective Mario Conde. The quartet of Mario Conde novels have now all
been translated into English, and this event takes place to launch the publication of Havana Gold (Vientos
de Cuaresma) by Bitter Lemon Press.

At the event Leonardo will talk about his latest work, writing in Cuba and Cuban cultural life in general. He will also be signing
copies of Havana Gold and all four novels will be available to purchase at a discounted price. A wine reception will follow the
presentation

Admission is free but entry is limited to those who register in advance. If you would like to attend, you should indicate your
interest by mailing admin@cubastudies.orq

15th International Conference on European Studies, Havana, Cuba
November 2008

An International Conference on European Studies will be held at the Center for European Studies in Havana from 25th to 28th
November.

The Conference is aimed at academics, politicians and representatives of civil society organizations and will discuss relations
between Cuba and Europe as well as a range of other subjects relating to European integration and the policies of the European
Union towards the rest of the world.

For more information about the conference, please contact the Organising Committee on +53 7 202-4806 or email
dunia@cee.co.cu

Membership Information: Airline News
Following a review of member services, there will be a change to the delivery of Airline News. At the end of March we will
incorporate Airline News into Caribbean Insight as a separate section. This will result in an increase in the frequency which such
news will be available to members and will also reduce the number of emails members receive. The change will not affect the
nature of the material being produced.

Members Benefits: Reduced rates for membership of the CHA and the RCS
Members of the Caribbean Britain Business Council, Cuba Initiative and Anglo Dominican Trade Council are all entitled to reduced
rates for Allied Membership of the Caribbean Hotel Association and Individual Membership of the Royal Commonwealth Society.
For further information please contact Stephanie Whittle Stephanie.whittle@caribbean-council.org





2008/2009 Membership Rates

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Rates for membership and subscriptions in the April 2008-March 2009 period are as follows:
CBBC Regular 1-5 Employees: 110
CBBC Regular: 275
CBBC Corporate: 500
Cuba Initiative Regular: 275
Anglo Dominican Trade Council Regular: 250
Combined CBBC Corporate/CI/DR: 750
Caribbean Insight 225
Cuba Briefing 250

All rates, with the exception of the publications, are subject to VAT at 17.5%.

Anyone who would like more information about the benefits of membership should contact Stephanie Whittle
Stephanie.whittle@caribbean-council.orc



























































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